The New Jersey Devils dealt winger Blake Coleman. Then they didn’t before they finally dealt the Pittsburgh Penguin killer to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a wild Sunday afternoon in the NHL trade rumors, even if it wasn’t on the ice. Former Penguins assistant GM, now New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald was the center of the storm on Sunday, and Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin may not have a storm at all.
First, the Pittsburgh Penguins put down the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. We made the PHN+ Report Card free for all. We hope you’ll subscribe for this type of in-depth analysis after every game, especially the big ones (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Now to New Jersey.
First, the Devils dealt with division and tri-state rival New York Islanders. New York GM Lou Lamoriello paid a second-round pick and a prospect for New Jersey Captain Andy Greene. (Elite Sports NY)
First, TVA reporter Renaud Lavoie reported the Colorado Avalanche acquired Blake Coleman, but both teams said NO (Colorado Hockey Now)
With NHL trade rumors at a fever pitch, New Jersey got a boatload for Coleman from the surging Stanley Cup contender Tampa Bay Lightning. Fitzgerald described the Tampa Bay offer as too good to ignore. Here’s why he pulled the trigger (NJ.com)
Yeah, a first-rounder AND a blue-chip prospect? Tampa Bay went hard to the table. They got a player who can compete with the heavy Boston Bruins, but also the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Tampa Bay may not win the Cup, but they will go out kicking and screaming this time.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun stirred the NHL trade rumors when he wrote the San Jose Sharks are in full sell mode after the season-ending injury to Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Sun)
Our buddy Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now also believes Joe Thornton will land in one of two spots (Colorado Hockey Now)
Our other buddy Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now was on the Thornton-to-Boston report a couple of weeks ago, too. We couldn’t be more proud to launch these great hockey reporters with a franchise.
The Montreal Canadiens pulled two big names off the market (Le Journal de Montreal)
With Tatar and Petry off the market (Yes, it was me who wrote Montreal could not deal those two and hope to win next season), the buyers market has quickly turned into a sellers market. Perhaps I’ll have to adjust my view on the Jason Zucker price tag, too.